The Graduate School Newsletter

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About this newsletter

The Graduate School Newsletter is published to keep Georgia College graduate students and faculty up to date about resources, events, and news from the departments and colleges. The newsletter is published twice a semester with the exception of summer term. If you have questions or would like to add content, please contact Parris Story: parris.story@gcsu.edu.

Keep learning after graduation through another option: A Graduate Certificate

A graduate certificate is a short course of study that is designed to meet the supplemental needs of professionals. They allow for the development of new skills and building expertise in a specialized area to update one's professional profile, for career advancement, or the broadening of one's knowledge base. While it does not result in a degree, it can sometimes be used to satisfy degree requirements for a master's degree dependent upon the institutions requirements.


The benefits of earning a graduate certificate are numerous. According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, "certificates are the fastest-growing form of post-secondary credentials in the United States". Here are three reasons why it is worth the investment.


  1. An Increase in Pay. According to a report from Forbes, individuals can expect to receive an estimated 13 to 25 percent increase in salary (Dean, 2017). Read the article here.
  2. Quick ROI. Earning a master's or doctorate degree can take two or more years to complete. Earning a certificate can usually be done in a year or less.
  3. Job Security. It may help you distinguish yourself in an increasingly competitive workforce as employers seek to hire employees with some level of advanced education.
  4. Pathway to earning a graduate degree. Should you decide to pursue a master's degree at a later date, it may be possible to apply the credits to the degree.


Georgia College offers 13 graduate certificate programs in a range of specialized areas to include education, health sciences, information systems/technology, and non-profit leadership and management. Explore one of the many graduate certificate options here.


Gonzalez, J. (2012). Certificates rise to 22% of post-secondary credentials awarded, report says. The Chronicle of Higher Education. https://www.chronicle.com/article/certificates-rise-to-22-of-postsecondary-credentials-awarded-report-says/

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Spring 2022 Registration & Payment Deadline

Spring 2022 registration opens for continuing, degree-seeking students, Monday, October 25, 2021 at 7AM. All newly admitted and returning students who will attend spring semester 2022 are encouraged to view the schedule of classes in PAWS, meet with their advisor if needed, and complete any required documents in the coming weeks.


The spring 2022 graduate payment deadline is Monday, January 10, 2022.


See the official academic calendar for important date information.

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Graduate Research Grant Applications Now Being Accepted

The Graduate School is now accepting applications for the fall 2021 cycle of the 2021-2022 Graduate Research Grants program. Georgia College graduate students are encouraged to apply for funding to support registration costs associated with the presentation of their own original scholarship at professional academic conferences.


Graduate Research Grants will be made in the following category:

Category 1: Grants will be awarded that support student presentations of original scholarship or research conducted with a faculty mentor at professional academic conferences (virtual or in-person) in the student’s discipline. Grants will also cover costs of research in the student’s discipline. There is a maximum of $400 per grant for virtual conference fees. Incomplete applications will not be considered. The deadline to apply is October 15, 2021.


Students seeking funds to support attendance at academic conferences in their field of study should apply through the SGA student travel fund.


For more information and the application, please visit The Graduate School website.


Completed applications may be mailed to: The Graduate School | Attn: Parris Story | CBX 107 | Milledgeville, GA 31061.


Completed application may be hand-delivered to: The Office of Graduate Admissions | McIntosh House | 1st Floor, Office 106.

Faculty Spotlight

Our fall spotlight shines on Dr. Laurie Peebles. Dr. Peebles is an Assistant Professor of Music Therapy in the Department of Music and the Graduate Coordinator for the Master of Music Therapy program. She holds a PhD in Music Education from the University of Miami, a Master of Music in Music Education, and a Bachelor's of Music from Converse University. Dr. Peebles has been in the music therapy profession for 10 years and a member of the Georgia College family for 2 years. Her expertise includes providing music therapy services to children with exceptionalities such as autism, Emotional Behavioral Disorders, mental disabilities, survivors of abuse, and other varying health impairments,and children who have lost parents or siblings. When asked what she likes best about her job at Georgia College, she shared that she enjoys, "getting to know her students, learning about their personal goals, and seeing them grow their passion for music therapy and achieve their goals." A highlight of her career and some of her greatest professional achievements include being awarded the American Music Therapy Graduate Research Award in 2014, winning flute performance competitions such as the 2014 SC Flute Society Masterclass, and being invited to the 2015 Galway Flute Festival in Switzerland. Dr. Peebles aspires to travel, seeing as much of the world as possible, and advocating for music therapy. When it comes to mentoring or advising students, Dr. Peebles encourages students to network as it can lead to jobs, collaborations, and other professional opportunities. When not working with students, Dr. Peebles spends her time with family and friends and performing on the flute in the community. She recently joined the Wellston Winds community band in Houston County.
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News from the colleges

College of Arts & Sciences


Under the direction and coordination of Dr. Kerry James Evans, an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Georgia College, and in conjunction with Baldwin County Schools and the Early College Program at Georgia College, seven students from the undergraduate and graduate creative writing programs have teamed up to serve as volunteer instructors, offering weekly creative writing classes for over 60 8th-grade students for both fall and spring semesters, culminating in a public reading in the spring. Classes take place once a week, and volunteer instructors team-teach collaborative, generative workshops where students not only learn the craft of creative writing, but also engage in dialogue about the importance of creative writing and creative expression, often sharing their work among their peers.


Senior creative writing major and Assistant Coordinator for the program, Anagha Ramakrishnan, worked with Dr. Evans over the summer to create syllabi for the year, whereby students will learn how to write in a variety of forms and styles in various genres, including fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Students engage in the act of what Flannery O'Connor coined a "Habit of Art" by keeping writing journals and building their stories, essays, and poems out of imagined and lived experience. The program is already off to a fine start; volunteer instructors have reported that the students are excited about creative writing and are "writing some great things in their journals," as noted by a volunteer instructor.


College of Business


The College of Business was excited to return to face-to-face orientations for the MLSCM and WebMBA programs this fall. Between these two programs, the COB brought in new students from 13 different states.


College of Education


Georgia College graduate Markeeta Clayton makes history in Houston County, Georgia as Northside High School's first-ever, African American female principal. Ms. Clayton is a 2015 graduate of Georgia College with a Specialist in Education, Educational Leadership (EDS) degree. See the special 13WMAZ feature on Ms. Clayton's historical achievement here.


Georgia College graduate Dr. Tanzy Kilcrease wins the prestigious AASA 2021 Women in School Leadership Award. Dr. Kilcrease is the Bibb County School District's Chief of Staff. Sponsored by Horace Mann and AASA, The School Superintendents Association, the awards pay tribute to the talent, creativity and vision of outstanding women educational administrators in the nation’s public schools. Dr. Kilcrease is a 2001 graduate of Georgia College with a Specialist in Education, Educational Leadership (EDS) degree. See the press release here.


Georgia College graduate Stephanie Anne Shelton is the recipient of the 2021 NCTE LGBTQ+ Advocacy & Leadership Award. Dr. Shelton is an associate professor of qualitative research in the College of Education and affiliate faculty in the Department of Gender and Race Studies and the Gifted Education Program at The University of Alabama. Dr. Shelton is a 2004 graduate of the Master of Arts in Teaching, Secondary Teacher Education program. See the press release here.


College of Health Sciences


Congratulations goes out to Georgia College graduate alumni, Emeka Akoh, Corey Campbell, and Cade Jones, who are successfully working out in the field.


2015 graduate Emeka Akoh is owner/operator of Akoh Fit and works as a Tactical Strength Coach for the US Military. 2016 graduate Corey Campbell is the Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach for the NFL team, the Carolina Panthers. 2016 Cade Jones is the owner/operator of Adapt and Perform, LLC, Health and Human Performance Coach for NBA Players.

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Final Exam Schedule - Fall Semester 2021

Final exams will be held Tuesday, December 7 thru Friday, December 10, 2021.


Please see the official fall 2021 academic calendar for more information at: https://www.gcsu.edu/registrar/academic-calendars-registrar

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Graduate & Professional School Admissions Fair

Thursday, Oct. 7th, 12-4pm

231 West Hancock Street

Milledgeville, GA

Are you thinking about graduate school? Get information and ask questions of recruiters at the bi-annual event. Over 50 institutions offering hundreds of programs will be in attendance. Find programs related to your major or in a completely new career area.


Casual attire. Resumes not required. Drop in as your schedule allows.


This event is hosted by the Career Center. For questions or more information, contact the Career Center at 478-445-5384 or career.center@gcsu.edu.

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